THE pain is excruciating but every year Martin Millard straps on a pair of high heels and walks a kilometre with hundreds of others to help raise funds for violence against women.
“I have a mother, three daughters and a wife, and although it’s not a cause that has specifically affected me or anyone directly related to me, I think when you have so many women in your life, the concept for an empowered, safe female in domestic situations is a big issue,” he said.
Managing director of Harcourts Solutions, Mr Millard said when living in rural Queensland, domestic abuse was so prevalent it was the community’s biggest issue.
On Friday, at six locations around Australia including Southbank in Brisbane, hundreds of people will join to “Walk a Mile” in the shoes of those most affected by violence.
The event, organised by the Harcourts Foundation, aims to raise awareness, along with
funds to support White Ribbon Australia’s work to end men’s violence against women.
Harcourts Homeside principal Patti Steele said property managers often received phone calls from abusive exes trying to track their former partners down.
“It’s awful,” she said. “One woman a week dies as at the hands of a current or former partner – the statistics are shocking.”
Ms Steele said she liked the concept of having men walk in women’s shoes.
“Some of them are terrible at walking in heels but it’s always good for a laugh. I look at some of them and think, ‘You should have just got flats’,” she said.
All funds raised will support White Ribbon’s “Breaking the Silence” primary prevention initiatives in primary and secondary schools.